How to Add Dimension
Attaining a relatively sharp image first comes with proper focal range. Most DSLR shooters capture with autofocus because it’s simple, effective, and reliable. However, having the option to manually focus on a particular subject, or part of a subject, is crucial to finalizing the perfect picture.
Manual focus especially comes in handy when the camera can’t quite fix on what part of the frame you need — like when you’re shooting a particular subject in the foreground vs. background.
Manual focus luckily came to fruition, as an automatic shutter would have focused on a sliver of grass in front of Paint above, rather than his cute li’l face. Cameras tend to focus on the object that’s closest to the shutter — which may not be what the photographer wants to focus on.